We're so excited to welcome San Francisco based, Dream-Pop Wizard, Kelley Stoltz back to 81 Renshaw this August. Kelley is touring the UK & Europe and is stopping off in Liverpool for what is sure to be a very special show.
With an impressive discography (including releases on Sub-Pop, Third Man & Castle Face) full of jangled-nerve post-punk and paisley pools of pop, a purveyor of his own unique strain of pop psychosis. Equally inspired by 60 psychedelia and the darker sides of 80s synth and guitar drive indie Kelley really is a music magician.
Kelley's live shows are extraordinary. But what do you expect from a seasoned touring musician? He has in recent years played rhythm guitar for Echo and The Bunnymen and been in the band of Rodriguez (subject of the documentary 'Searching For The Sugarman).
A modern folksinger whose music nods to the genre's 1970s glory days, Amy stops off at 81 to perform some tracks from her new album ME AND THE GHOST OF CHARLEMAGNE on the first day of its release. Amy Speace has spent two decades chronicling the high marks, heartbreaks, and hard roads of a life logged on the road. She's been a tireless traveler, chasing the dream from the coffeehouses of New York City to larger stages across the globe. Along the way, she's built an international audience without the help of a major label, relying instead upon a touring schedule whose milestones include the Glastonbury Festival, NPR's Mountain Stage, and a yearly average of 150 shows.
Live Songdog are something to behold, regulars Karl ‘Pod’ Woodward and Dave Paterson - playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordion and drums - with Jasper Salmon (violin) weave a cinematic soundtrack to which Morgans, acoustic guitar in hand, mesmerises the listener with his peotic songs. His lyricism is a sheer joy as he invokes characters and scenarios that you feel you know but have never envisioned with such heart-breaking or heart-warming drama. Their music has received praise from the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Robert Wyatt.
Vinny Perculiar has been described as – ‘an under sung national treasure’ [UNCUT] – ‘a warm hearted Morrissey’ [Q Magazine] and ‘the missing link between Jarvis Cocker and Roger McGough’ [Irish Times] past work associations include Bill Drummond [KLF], Luke Haines and Jah Wobble [PIL] and his various bands have included ex members of The Smiths, OASIS, Aztec Camera & The Fall.
Steve Roberts has always written songs of great honesty be they personal reflections on life or cleverly constructed statements around social issues. Having had an early solo album 'It Just Is' nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, Steve knows all about the pitfalls of flirting with success in the music business and, were this might make others cynical and jaded, he continues to write and perform with unwavering optimism, style and belief in the medium he has made his own.
Chicken Shack is back for an evening of top notch vinyl spinning. Stan Evans (The Sink Soul Club), Lawrence Marsh (Rockin’ On The Wirral) and Andy Rowan (The Go-Go Cage!) bring you an evening of Rhythm & Blues, Early Soul, Rock & Roll, Bluebeat, Beat, Mod Jazz and related cool sounds. Get your dancing shoes polished and we’ll see you there!
Calum Gilligan launches his Debut EP 'Maybe Half a Lifetime' in an intimate afternoon session here at 81 Renshaw.
Calum is a Scottish folk singer-songwriter born in Galloway and based in Liverpool. He writes a subtle blend of Celtic folk and Americana music with influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Christy Moore, to contemporary folk artists such as Kris Drever and Kate Rusby. His lyrics form the heart of his music, with melodic guitar and powerful vocals carrying the words aloft.
Toronto based Singer, Composer & Producer Lidia Ainsworth arrives at 81 as part of her European tour to promote her third album Phantom Forest which was released in early May. This new Album along with her first two, the Juno-nominated Right From Real and Darling of the Afterglow have all recieved critical acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic.
Formed out of the primordial creative ooze of the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland’s Once & Future Band released their self-titled LP on John Dwyer’s Castle Face records in 2017, garnering rave reviews from MOJO, Uncut, Modern Drummer and Shindig among other publications and landing a spot on The Wire and The Guardian’s Best of 2017 list. BBC RadioGideon Coe, Jon Hillcock and Marc Riley (whose show they have performed live on multiple times). They’ve made their way across the US and Canada as main support for Tool and Chris Robinson’s “As The Crow Flies” shar the stage with such diverse acts as Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, White Denim, Mild High Club, King Tuff, Dungen, !!!, Battles, Foxygen, Red Fang and Metronomy. They were selected by Flying Lotus and Wire to play their curated festivals. Support comes from Liverpools own Ali Horn who will be playing with his full band. Also on the bill are fellow Funnel artist, the excellent, Some Bodies.
John McGlone returns to 81 Renshaw for the Launch his new album 'Street Soul Serenades'. The album, which is surprisingly Johns first solo release in his illustrious career, will be available on the day. Over the years John has played with the best, including Peter Townsend, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller & Joe Strummer. Get down early as this matinee show kicks off at 2pm with Samya O’Grady & Oranj Son in support.
Klee music return to 81 with another fantastic line up of artists. Rachel Jean Harris, Amanda Brown & Daisy Gill. Each will play an individual 30 minute set then after a short break all three will be on stage together.
North Line are a Wirral based band made up of Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle (guitars), Andrew Hutchinson (bass), and Mike Hughes (drums) and as individuals they have played with the great and good of the Merseyside music fraternity and beyond! Although members of the band have played at 81 Renshaw Street with other musical incarnations this will be the first time the band will play the venue. Songs are written by Denis Parkinson and Dave Criddle with individual band members influences coming from Jazz, Indie, Rock, Folk and Classical. The result is arrangements that offer a varied and explosive set. In support of North Line on the night will be David Nixon’s Navigation and Sophia Criddle.